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MONROE — As of Friday, Dec. 3, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 131,861 of residents in Union County have been at least partially vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and 123,821 or 52% of the county is now fully vaccinated compared to 57% statewide.

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MONROE — Local author and Wingate University alumna Courtnay Aycock hosted a book launch and signing party at the Dowd Center Theatre on Thursday (Dec. 2) to announce her newly published book, Broken: A Frontline Counselor’s Guide for Healing.

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MONROE — The unemployment rate in Union County through October of 2021 is down to 3.0%, according to a report released on Tuesday (Dec. 2) from the N.C. Department of Commerce. A year ago, unemployment in Union County was at 5.0%.

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MONROE — A deputy with the Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) ended a high-speed chase on Wednesday (Dec. 1) when he crashed his vehicle into the car of the suspect, according to a UCSO report.

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MONROE — Union County (UC) has implemented a ban on outdoor burning within 100 feet of an occupied home due to increased fire risk, according to a release sent out by UC Government’s communications department about 1 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 30).

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MONROE — Union County Government is seeking residents to serve on one of six committees to help implement the adopted comprehensive plan, called Union County 2050.

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MONROE — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 131,424 Union County residents (out of roughly 250,000) have been at least partially vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus as of Monday (Nov. 29), while 122,680 county residents have been full vaccinated.

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MONROE — As of Wednesday (Nov. 24), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 130,455 residents of Union County (out of roughly 250,000) have been at least partially vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and 122,154 have been fully vaccinated.

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MONROE — State Representative Dean Arp (R-Union, District 69) was awarded a Dogwood Award by Attorney General John Stein on Tuesday (Nov. 23).

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INDIAN TRAIL — Pastor Scott Ireland, of Stallings United Methodist Church, and his wife, Patti, will lead Indian Trail’s annual Christmas parade as grand marshal on Dec. 5.

MONROE — The NC House concurred with the NC Senate’s approval of NC’s budget appropriations bill — SB 105 on Nov. 18. Governor Cooper has signaled his intent to sign the budget. The legislation not only makes investments in education, infrastructure, health care and environment throughout No…

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UNION COUNTY — As of Monday (Nov. 22), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 130,169 Union County residents have been at least partially vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, 122,074 fully vaccinated.

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MONROE — Most Union County Government offices and facilities, including all library locations, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to UC Government report.

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MONROE — As of Friday (Nov.19), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 129,766 in Union County have been at least partially vaccinated for COVID-19 and 121,950 residents have now been fully vaccinated.

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INDIAN TRAIL — Kinetic announced plans on Thursday (Nov. 18) for a multi-year initiative that will bring fiber internet to more communities in North Carolina, including Indian Trail, according to a release from the company. Last month, the company completed a rollout in the Waxhaw downtown area.

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WADESBORO — South Piedmont Community College has partnered with Columbus McKinnon Corporation (CMCO) in Wadesboro to recruit 20 machining apprentices who will be full-time employees earning $17 an hour while they are being trained.

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MONROE — Roughly 15% of Union County residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus since the first case was reported on March 18, 2020; there have been 37,332 confirmed COVID cases in Union County as of Wednesday (Nov. 17) afternoon, according to Union County Government’s COVID-19 Da…

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WAXHAW — For 17 years, the western side of Union County has been waiting for a public library that matches those located in Marshville, Monroe and Indian Trail. Finally, they get to see their library come into existence. The Union County Government hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday…

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MONROE — As of Monday (Nov. 15), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 129,339 Union County residents have been at least partially vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. The County’s had 121,749 residents, out of roughly 250,000, fully vaccinated.

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WAXHAW — Not many people get the chance to be a VIP at a sold-out Ohio State University football game, but 17-year-old, Philip Massaquoi, of Waxhaw, got that chance on Nov. 13. The opportunity was in addition to getting to participate in a shoot-around with the university’s basketball team o…

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MONROE — A historical marker honoring Dr. Christine Mann Darden was unveiled on Friday, Nov. 12 at her childhood home on Fairley Avenue. The marker was placed by the City of Monroe.

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MONROE — After months of steady increases in gas prices, the national average for a gallon of unleaded dipped by 2.6 cents per gallon last week to $3.40 per gallon, according to Gas Buddy.

MONROE — At the latest Monroe City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 9, Councilwoman Angelia James spoke about a contract between the City of Monroe and Holloway’s Music Center that she believes is unethical and illegal. Holloway’s Music Center is owned by Mayor Pro-Tem Marion Holloway.

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MONROE — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 127,853 Union County residents have been at least partially vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, as of Friday (Nov. 12); the County’s had 121,448 fully vaccinated.

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WAXHAW — Like many towns across the nation, Waxhaw celebrated and honored its veterans with an event held downtown at 11 a.m. on Thursday (Nov. 11). Veterans Day honors those who have served in the U.S. military at any given time.

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MONROE — Former Union County Sheriff’s Sergeant Jeffrey (Jeff) Wayne Greene will be honored with a bridge dedication on Friday, Nov. 19, at 9 a.m., according to a report from the Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO).

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MONROE — The John Foster chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) donated two flag poles to the Monroe Science Center on Tuesday (Nov. 9).

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MONROE — Monroe City Council voted 4-2 in favor of starting the process of a hearing that could remove Councilwoman Angelia James. The vote took place during council’s regular meeting on Tuesday (Nov. 8); it’s also known as a petition in amotion.

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MONROE — The Wolfe School’s Les Deming is the 2021-22 Union County Public Schools (UCPS) Principal of the Year, according to a UCPS announcement. Wesley Chapel Elementary’s Nicole Phelix is the 2021-2022 UCPS Assistant Principal of the Year. The UCPS district includes 53 schools.

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Through the efforts of a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and an Eagle Scout, Dogwood Park in Wesley Chapel now has a symbol that honors not only the state of North Carolina, but also those either killed in action or taken prisoner during the Vietnam War.

MONROE — The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) reports 127,226 residents in Union County have been at least partially vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus, as of Monday (Nov. 8).

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MONROE — At their regular meeting on Tuesday (Nov. 9), Monroe City Council will discuss a resolution that could remove Councilwoman Angelia James from her seat on council.

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MONROE — Warbirds Over Monroe held its annual Air Show over the weekend that honors the bravery of men and women who have served in the Armed Forces and it celebrates Veterans Day (Nov. 11).

MONROE — Union County had 32 residents in the hospital of COVID-19 as of Friday (Nov. 6), well below the record number 74 hospitalizations roughly a month ago (Oct. 4). The drop in hospitalizations is among the indicators that the highly-contagious virus is trending in the right direction.

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UNIONVILLE — Unionville Elementary School held its 72nd annual barbecue on Friday (Nov. 5). Parallel lines of cars entered the campus from Unionville-Indian Trail Road. Then they snaked around the building to the gym, where they picked up boxes of Boston butts and/or Brunswick Stew.

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UNION COUNTY — This year’s Union County Christmas Parade will be in-person at 2 p.m. on Nov. 21, and Sophia Randazzo will lead as the parade princess. The parade is hosted by Alliance for Children.

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MONROE — On Nov. 2, Marion Holloway was elected the next Mayor of Monroe. The Enquirer-Journal spent some time with Holloway just before he left to go see the University of Georgia’s football team play on Saturday against the University of Missouri in Athens. Holloway has had season tickets …